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About Me (Biographical Stuff):
I'm originally from SC, lived in NC and taught English Comp for a couple of years. Now I'm working on an MFA in book arts.
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stories, novels, plays--whatever strikes me

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At 1:20pm on October 2, 2008, John Leslie Butchart said…
Lauren, it's great having you as a member of this site. We'll be adding more stuff as time goes on that I think will prove useful. Les
At 1:09pm on October 4, 2008, Gary Floyd said…
Hey Lauren nice to see you showing up here again. Where are you going to school? You still have some of my favorite gong show sketches. Laurenella and that one I played Dickinson with the doctor is in. I think every team in Boston is competing for a champinship except the Bruins. They're like a semi-pro hockey team.
At 4:00pm on October 4, 2008, Gary Floyd said…
I can't believe that you're still be griping about an alleged cheap shot. I believe it was an incredibly clean hit. If you're not tough enough for lime hockey in those incredibly skinny halls while how will you ever play for the mighty ducks... I'm doing good. I'm still teaching in a state hospital which is a trip. There's nothing like having high expectations with a class that's drugged out and drooling. Everyday is like a Monty Python sketch.
At 10:07pm on October 5, 2008, Gary Floyd said…
Unfortunately I never usually write about my experiences until ten years after. I never said your hit was a cheap shot either. One thing about your lime hockey game is that it was always tough but fair.
At 10:25am on December 15, 2008, Janice Fuller said…
Hi, Lauren. I've missed you too! Right now I'm at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts working on the second act of my stage adaptation of As I Lay Dying. What's happening with you, my friend?

Love,
Janice

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MetalMatters: July 2019 - It's Never Too Hot for Dark, Heavy Music



Even though it's July, and the temperature is skyrocketing, and that would usually result in me blasting Kyuss' Welcome to Sky Valley on repeat, I am lost within the darkness of this month's releases (although I must say that Torche did help a bit). The barrage of excellent black metal works continues with Falls of Rauros returning with another epic record, Arkhaik taking us back to the bronze age with debut full-length, while Celestial Grave and Sanguine Eagle through different pathways are reigniting the raw black metal spirit. Death metal follows closely with Tomb Mold unveiling their monstrous third record and Hex turning back the clock to the European death metal scene and the doom/death days of the 1990s and closely followed by the death induced doom/sludge of Nightfucker's debut. And the extreme barrage you, of course, have Immortal Bird and their stellar return with Thrive on Neglect, which somehow touches on all the above and even more.

Still, looking at this month's releases, I cannot help but consider the title of Keelhaul's 2009 record, Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity. It is only through sardonic humor that a band can give such a title to their work, but unfortunately, it had a hint of truth. Despite their excellent work, Keelhaul always flew just below the radar, and some of the bands returning this month have had a similar path. There is nothing conventional and straightforward about the sound of Cherubs or Uzeda, and through the years they have helped mold what we currently consider as the noise rock and post-hardcore sounds. Yet, through either bad luck or miscommunications, both acts did not receive the acknowledgment they deserve. It has been a tough and tumultuous road that both bands had to travel, filled with difficulties but hopefully now that they return with these excellent new releases people will re-discover just how stellar and forward-thinking their respective visions for extreme music were.

Hardship, difficulties, and misfortune don't come just from the lack of recognition. It's when those events occur in someone's personal life that they can eventually shape a person's character. It is at the darkest times that anyone has the choice of overcoming difficulties and rising above. It's up to the person to choose what action to take in order to perform this herculean task, but one way of dealing with these situations is fuelling them, allowing something creative to pour through. The recent releases of An Isolated Mind and Lingua Ignota are results of such excruciating moments, and that is the reason why they come across as such honest and at the same time potent works of art. False as well had their fair share of tragedy, but they did not bow down and allow these events water down their approach. Instead, they marched on and unleashed their most complete work to date. It is this resilience that defines most of extreme music, and an aspect of it that we should never overlook.


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